135 George

a Galt landmark
breathing new life again

The South Waterloo Agricultural Society building, located at 135 George St and backing on to the Grand River, is a Galt landmark.  Little has changed on the building’s exterior, or with the old hardwood floors and beamed ceilings inside, maintaining the character and history of the building. But we’ve decked it out with a contemporary kitchen, oversized steel and glass windows and doors, modern finishings and furniture, and all the tech required to run a business in today’s digital age.


The History… for those interested

In an era when Kitchener was still known as Berlin, and years before several communities became Cambridge, a two storey red brick building was erected at 26 Hobson Street, Galt, on the northeast corner of its’ intersection with Queen Street, now Park Hill Road.

William Alfred Dixon spent most of his life in Ottawa, Ontario. As a young teen he began learning the bakery business, and apprenticed in many locations including Chicago. Eventually, recipes in hand, he purchased a building in St. Thomas, Ontario for a bakery of his own which he named the W. A. Dixon Palace Bakery.

For more than a decade, since the Society fell on hard times, the building remained vacant but in early 2017 Brian Dykstra purchased the property with plans to bring a creative tech hub to South Cambridge. Though rezoning and lots of update work were required, the City of Cambridge was thrilled to see the space put to use.

The exterior has remained largely unchanged, but new staircases, doors, and a canopy roof provide structural and functional updates. Inside, the high ceilings have been maintained on both levels, showcasing the exposed beams. The old hardwood floors have been reclaimed in the open concept spaces, preserving the character of the building.